49 of the Top Defenders in World Football

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49 of the Top Defenders in World Football
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Defenders never quite get the credit they deserve. They often fall under the radar in favor of the flashier strikers and playmakers or attacking midfielders who tend to top "best-of" lists. So today, we here at Bleacher Report are saluting the fine men of the footballing world who know how to hold the line and strike fear into the hearts of the game's top attackers. 

So here they are, your fantastic 49, in no particular order. Although there is something of a gradient of quality here, this is intended to be a list and discussion of 49 of the best defenders in football instead of a set-in-stone ranking. We thought that with so much talent to go around, it would be better to turn it over to you, the readers, to determine who on the list is the tops of the tops and why and discuss the players' skills at hand instead of getting so wrapped up a specific order.

As always, if there are any omissions, additions or anything else you'd like to discuss, have at it in the comments.

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